Travel blogging is a unique and surreal experience. Every little bit of travel is looked at differently than the regular traveller. You digest the places you visit differently, trying to capture any little information and colour. Instead of devouring the food, you taste and experience every little flavour. You mingle with the locals and try and get sense of their character. Travel is a whole new ball game.
2017 promises to be another great year with brand new destinations and experiences bound to be had. But before bounding into the new year and saying goodbye to the year 2016, Let’s take a look at some of the experiences that need to be told or retold in this instance. It was a memorable year of travel.
Fair Dinkum Traveller’s Top 5 Travel Experiences in 2016.
- Entering the border at DMZ Korea
Getting close to the border of North Korea was an experience that I’ll never forget. Entering the demilitarized Zone and into the famous blue buildings was spine tingling to say the least.
Armed North Korean soldiers could be seen starring directly at us, protecting their side and barely any further than a hundred metres away from where we stood on the south side of the border. I couldn’t help but keep my eyes fixated on the soldiers.
In terms of safety, it was never an issue. As a group, we were well protected from the South Korean and American soldiers that surrounded the group in large numbers. If you are ever in South Korea, put the DMZ on the list.
- Kayaking Angthong:
The amazing Angthong National Marine Park was a fantastic experience. Kayaking in the calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand was mesmerising and as beautiful as life can get.
Paddling in the clear blue waters with my wife was a special moment that I will never forget. The islands all around were different and unique in so many ways, yet all visually stunning. An experience to remember and one I hope to do again.
Angthong tours are easy to find when holidaying in Koh Samui, Thailand.
- Mai Samui the love resort:
The staff, the spacious rooms, the fine restaurants and the cocktails by the pool, made it a ten-year wedding anniversary to cherish. Not to mention, the fine-dining on the beach and the relaxing couple’s spa treatment. It was 5-star service at its best.
The Mai Samui Beach and Spa Resort was the perfect resort to stay in at Koh Samui, Thailand and it certainly turned out to be the love nest that it needed to be for the occasion.
- Camping at Guilderton:
I love camping, perhaps not as much as a nice resort, but to be out under the stars is a great experience that needs to be tried from time to time. Guilderton in Western Australia, only an hour from Perth, was great to escape to the great outdoors.
Swimming, Kayaking, Hiking and sightseeing is all the valuable experiences that I got the pleasure of doing in my few days in this little town. Make sure you check it out for the amazing view of where the Indian Ocean meets the Moore River.
- Walking the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace:
The biggest palace in Seoul, Korea. It is a thing of beauty at the Gyeongbokgung Palace but not only for its centuries old buildings and temples, which is decorated with a proud and at times tragic history.
It’s also a stunning walk through some of the loveliest parklands and water features that you’ll ever see. I was also fortunate enough to sit down with a coffee and enjoy a traditional Korean song and dance concert sith the backdrop a fine traditional building of Gyeonghoeru. Absolutely beautiful.